Zaandam, the Netherlands, June 3, 2020 – Ahold Delhaize announces today that Food Lion, its second largest brand in the United States, by sales, has agreed to purchase 62 BI-LO and Harveys Supermarkets from Southeastern Grocers. The stores are located in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and will be converted to Food Lion stores, as part of the brand's continued expansion in the southeast of the U.S.
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., operates more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 77,000 associates. As part of the asset deal Food Lion expects to hire more than 4,650 associates to serve customers at the 62 acquired stores.
This asset deal with Southeastern Grocers also includes the acquisition of an additional distribution center in Mauldin, S.C. Both acquisitions are currently expected to close in the first half of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed and Group financial guidance remains unchanged.